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Event Horizon

Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 95 | 12–16 November 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a peaceful weekend.  This week’s pic shows the field of handmade poppies planted around the Australian War Memorial for Remembrance Day and the Centenary of Armistice, which people around the world commemorated yesterday.  It is a deeply reflective period and I know many in our School will find it a moving time.

Congratulations to all honours students who so ably presented either their final or mid-term talks late last week.  The ones I was lucky enough to see left me in awe.  Well done everyone!

A heads-up to add a discussion about Long Service Leave and Annual Leave plans when you next see you supervisor.  With the new Enterprise Agreement coming into effect this year, the maximum amount of Long Service Leave and Annual Leave that can be accrued has been further reduced.  Please ensure plans are in place for 2019 for your excess leave. Many PDRs are coming around again and this is a good opportunity to refresh your contribution to your Dept 3-6-9.  Academic staff, please remember the mandatory minimum contribution towards service to education.  There are many ways to contribute to our excellent education programs.

While we await the ARC results please consider what you may wish to submit next year.  Your Heads have a list of all people in your Department eligible to submit a DP, DECRA or Future Fellowship.  Please talk with them, your supervisors and potentially other colleagues in different Departments.  This year we will trial a process for DP submission that will greatly reduce the unnecessary administrative overheads.  Details in the next Event Horizon.

Have a great week,



Director's Colloquium - 12 November

Fast Time Reversal Optical Focusing for Deep Brain Optogenetic Activation - Professor Changhuei Yang

We appear opaque because our tissues scatter light very strongly. Traditionally, focusing of light in biological tissues is confounded by the extreme scattering nature of tissues. Interestingly, optical scattering is time-symmetric and we can exploit optical phase conjugation methods to null out scattering effects......

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HR System Updates

Over recent months, HR Systems have been working closely with our colleagues at ITS to deliver SSO functionality across multiple HR systems. 

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Six events for good conversations and good food

PARSA and CAP have funded an ANU-wide Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Governing Surprises. Sumptuous lunch and refreshments are provided at all the events...register early.

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Gender Institute prize giving ceremony

Please join us to celebrate another great year for the Gender Institute, on Wednesday 14 Nov at 9.30 am in China in the World Auditorium.

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Apply for ARC and NHMRC schemes

The Joint Colleges of Science Research Office (CRO) is now inviting Notices of Intent to submit applications for the following schemes...

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Last Chance - 2019 VC's Teaching Awards

Closing soon - Nominations for the 2019 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Education: rewarding the diverse contributions staff make to the quality of learning, teaching and the student experience in ANU.

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Equity and Diversity

Breaking the barriers - Through a major survey, interviews and focus groups, the Royal Chemical Society has gathered data from across the community, giving new insights into the systemic barriers facing women in academia. Talented women are leaving the sector before reaching their full potential, and many excellent female scientists who stay in academia are not progressing to senior grades in the same proportion as their male peers.(image

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HR are here to answer any queries

Leah Savage will be in the fishbowl meeting room on Monday 12 November from 1:30pm – 4:30pm. 


School Seminar Prog - 15 November

Inertial Sensing with Cold and Ultracold atoms - Christian Freier

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Departmental Seminars

14 Nov
A/Prof Alfred Tok Iing Yoong
Light and Thermal Management in Electrochromic Smart Windows for Building Energy Efficiency
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19 Nov
Prof Anupam Madhukar
Spectrally-uniform quantum dot single photon emitter arrays integrable on-chip with multifunctional dielectric light manipulation units: A new paradigm for scalable quantum optical circuits
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Public Lecture - Monday 19 November @ 7:00 pm

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RSPE School Forum - 28 Nov 10:00-11:30


Two Weeks Ahead

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RSPE Contacts

Admin Team

Jaeger Hub

Jaeger HR Team


RSPE Orientation

Every Monday at 10:00am all new starters are invited to meet at reception to have a short tour of the School’s central areas and receive a welcome pack.

Bookings are not required.


Keep Informed

ANU Events

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin 

JCS Strategic Priorities Plan

RSPE Building Updates


CoS Xmas Party 5 Dec @ 3pm



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